Wednesday, February 12, 2014

[Singapore Buffet] Let's Celebrate the Festival of the Golden Crabs at TODAI!

Chilli Crab, a popular local dish amongst Singaporeans cooked mostly using Sri Lankan crabs.  But now, how about trying a different breed of crabs?  I recommend the Golden Crabs that are now exclusively available at TODAI, a global international buffet chain located at Marina Bay Sands, for a very limited period this February.

These Golden Crabs, came all the way from the Atlantic Ocean, are big and heavy (up to 2kg each) with super long claws and legs are specially brought in by TODAI during this festive season! Compared to the crabs that we normally have, the Golden Crabs have softer shell that covers the fresh and succulent flesh.

Select from 3 cooking styles, Chilli Crab or Steamed Crab or Cold Crab, each has it's own unique characteristics.

The "Korean" Chilli Crab has a distinctive flavour which tastes like gochujang, Korean red pepper paste.  It is not particularly spicy and has a little sweet after-taste.  The gravy can get quite addictive and it was a pity that there was no mantou (Chinese plain steamed/fried bun), which we typically will dip it in the local chilli crab dish.

8The Steamed Crab is my favourite.  Like plain vanilla, the freshness and sweetness of the flesh was most apparent.  "Less is More" was how I felt when I first tasted it.  This is a very authentic crab dish.

If those who prefer something more "fanciful", the Cold Crab might be the right choice.  Cooked yet kept cold in an iced bowl, the flesh texture was a little firmer compared to the Steamed and Chilli version.  This will probably suit fans of sashimi.

And to celebrate the Winter Season in the temperate countries, TODAI is serving 4 types of Korean winter street food in February.  The 4 types of street food are mini Carp Bread filled with red bean paste, Hotteok (pancake filled with brown sugar and nuts), grilled sweet potato and eomuk (boiled fish cake).  Notice that all are warm dishes?  But of course, it is freezing cold in Korea during winter!

Complete your Korean meal with some cabbage kimchi or radish kimchi.  These are on the regular TODAI menu all year round.  Be spoilt for choice for popular dishes such as Japanese Sushi and rolls, Chinese food, Italian food, Ovenbaked, Noodles, Pastries etc.  If only you can stay in the restaurant whole day, that'll be great!

 Japanese Soba

 Salmon Sashimi
The chef at the sashimi counter is probably the busiest in the entire restaurant because there is always a queue waiting the sashimi to be served.  He cuts the salmon with so much care and concentration!

 Chinese Food Section

There are also various types of dishes that are available only at TODAI eg.  Rolled Bacon (on crab stick) with Balsamic Sauce, is unique.  A thin layer of pan-fried bacon wraps around fresh-tasting crab sticks.  The fried wings were great too!

Even the fruits served are different from what other buffet restaurants are serving.  Grapefruits provides lots of vitamin C, helps lower cholesterol and has antioxidant properties.  However, this fruit is not suitable for individuals who are already on cholesterol-related treatments.   

Don't miss the lunar festival joy at TODAI!

Todai Singapore
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 7771

Monday to Saturday:
Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm; Dinner: 5.30pm to 10pm

Lunch: 11.30am to 4pm; Dinner: 5pm to 10pm

Getting there: Take MRT to Bayfront Station.  Use Exit D.  Enter Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and walk through The Shoppes in MBS.  Todai is located almost at the end of the building.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

[CNY 2014] Step-by-Step Lo Hei Guide

If you need to feel a little guided during Lo-Hei, this step-by-step guide will be useful.  Auspicious phrases (even in hanyu pinyin) are included too!!  Do excuse for not having lo-hei during CNY anymore =)


Friday, February 07, 2014

[CNY 2014] Vegetarian Steamboat and Yusheng

Looking for a different type of CNY cuisine? How about a vegetarian steamboat or yusheng then? 


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

[CNY 2014] Nian Gao

One of the Lunar New Year tradition is to eat Nian Gao (年糕), or some calls it Tian Guo (甜粿 or sweet cake).  It is a steamed sticky rice cake made using glutinous rice flour.  It is said to be an auspicious dish because it symbolises "raising oneself taller" in each coming year.  It doesn't mean to physically grow an inch taller, but it means having an improvement (in whatever ways) in the coming year.

Nian Gao can be easily purchased from confectionery shops or even at the supermarkets.  It comes if varying sizes and some even provide lucky number for lottery.  For some families, they prefer to make this special delicacy themselves.  Recipe for reference:

As we celebrate and welcome the year of the galloping Horse, let's not forget the importance of gratitude, and not to take things for granted!  Watch this short video as a reminder to ourselves =)

Saturday, February 01, 2014

[Singapore Local Delight] Char Kway Teow from Air House Cafe

Who would love food that is good and cheap? Air House Café, a club house in the Changi Airport (public area) serves really delicious zi char (ranging from rice to noodles and cooked dishes.  Members pay slightly cheaper price when prices for non-members are already pretty reasonable. 

Crispy and well marinated chicken wings.  Seriously, I could hear the crunch from every bite.  It costs only $1.20 (members price).

Flavourful with wok hei (a special fragrance as a result of cooking using high wok heat), thick fish cake slices and al dente noodles and kway teow.  The only slight disappointment was the lack of Chinese sausage, otherwise, I would consider this as a perfect char kway teow, just the way I like it!  It costs only $3 (members price).
Air House Café
Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Passenger Terminal 2
Singapore 819643
Tel: 6546 8218
Getting there: Take MRT to Changi Airport Station.  Exit to Terminal 2, walk to the passenger car park within the terminal.  The café is located next to the carpark.

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